Root canal treatment is a general dentistry service that becomes necessary when a tooth is infected. Many people cringe at the idea of root canal treatment, largely based on its portrayal in popular culture. However, root canal treatment from Austin dentist Dr. John Schmid is designed to be minimally invasive and incredibly effective.
Nonetheless, if the idea of a root canal causes you anxiety, our dentist would be happy to discuss safe sedation dentistry options that can be utilized to help ensure your comfort during your procedure. For more information, please call 512-329-5967 to schedule an exam with Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin, Texas.
Root Canal Warning Signs
Symptoms that you may need root canal treatment include:
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Acute pain in a single tooth
- Swelling or redness of gum tissue
- The darkening of a tooth
Pimples or sores may also appear on the gums next to an infected tooth. These issues should be immediately brought to the attention of Dr. Schmid to determine if root canal treatment is necessary.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a way to remove bacteria and infection from the inside of a tooth. To perform this treatment, Dr. Schmid will make a small access hole in the infected tooth through which dental tools can be gently inserted to loosen and remove infection. Occasionally during this process the tooth will be flushed with a medical solution, helping ensure full removal of bacteria.
Once the root canal is complete, our Austin dentist will seal the access hole and make an impression of your tooth for the fitting of a dental crown. Your crown will be created by our dental lab partners to fit flawlessly into your smile and work to further protect your tooth and help prevent a reoccurrence of infection.